Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Written by Russell Brand, Illustrated by Chris Riddell, Published by Canongate
Never in a million years did I imagine buying a book written by Russell Brand and actually letting my children read it! Sitting on the front row of Bournemouth BIC in hysterics watching one of my favourite comedians, yes. Reading a book to my kids said favourite comedian had written, probably not. Yet, minus a few borderline words and phrases, I think he just about gets away with it!
With his use of words and style of writing, you can almost hear Brand telling the story in his own characteristic tones. The book follows the traditional tale of the Pied Piper, with contemporary twists along the way. With his somewhat eclectic use of the English language, there are often asides in the text and also a glossary to explain meanings in a way children will understand, such as “Pompous: Thinking you are top notch and that your blow-offs smell like flowers”. This book is Brand through and through – bold and entertaining.
We received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.